HOLIS­TIC HEALTH

The vine­gar with woema

Farmer's Weekly (South Africa) - - Lifestyle - FW

No one wants to have a stom­ach bug at this time of the year.

It’s time to un­wind and en­joy meals with friends and fam­ily. But the De­cem­ber heat can be the cause of an up­set stom­ach or even food poi­son­ing.

Food spoils eas­ily in the heat, and cer­tain food types, par­tic­u­larly fish and chicken, can be­come the source of in­fec­tion. Even may­on­naise, when made with raw eggs, can be dan­ger­ous if not re­frig­er­ated.

For­tu­nately, there is an easy, cheap and well-proven way to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing: ap­ple cider vine­gar.

In his book, Folk Medicine,

Dr DC Jarvis put ap­ple cider vine­gar on the map as an ef­fec­tive med­i­ca­tion. Apart from all its other qual­i­ties, it is use­ful as an aid to pre­vent the ef­fects of food poi­son­ing.

Jarvis wrote about a friend who at­tended a con­fer­ence where seafood dishes were pro­vided. His friend, on his ad­vice, took a small bot­tle of ap­ple cider vine­gar with him and sipped one tea­spoon­ful in a glass of wa­ter through­out the meal. He even had a se­cond gen­er­ous por­tion of the seafood.

Dur­ing the night, all the at­ten­dees be­came vi­o­lently sick from food poi­son­ing, ex­cept his friend. Jarvis’s ex­pla­na­tion is that the vine­gar kills the bac­te­ria in the stom­ach. (As a bonus, it tastes quite pleas­ant, like weak ap­ple cider).

So, if your stom­ach is eas­ily up­set by food that has gone off, con­sider tak­ing ap­ple cider vine­gar as a pre­cau­tion; it is ef­fec­tive against the nau­sea, cramps and vom­it­ing that can ac­com­pany food poi­son­ing, and is also cheap and con­ve­nient.

• Jo­hanita Louw has had a life­long in­ter­est in holis­tic nutri­tion. Email her at farm­er­[email protected]­ton.co.za. Sub­ject line: Holis­tic health.

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